Ebay win helps fight fires
By Robin Scott
The Dalhart Fire Department has acquired two new vehicles, thanks to reimbursement funds received from the Texas Forestry Service and some ingenuity by members of the Dalhart Fire Department.
The new vehicles were both won in auctions on Ebay. Both auctions were won approximately a month ago. Members of the Dalhart Fire Department got together to discuss the types of vehicles that the department was looking for, then they began searching the Ebay website for potential matches. A little patience and determination paid off for the department when they successfully bid on and won both vehicles.
The first, a 1986 GMC 3000 Gallon Tanker was purchased from Martin, Michigan. Fire Chief Curtis Brown noted, “It’s a pretty good size tanker, and has increased our capabilities for battling rural fires and structure fires greatly, and being able to control them.” The second purchased vehicle came from Fort Worth and is a 1993 GMC Brush Truck. The department’s fire fighting fleet now consists of 12 vehicles, including the Dodge Durango driven by Chief Brown.
The purchase of the vehicles was made possible by reimbursement money that the Dalhart Fire Department received from the Texas Forestry Service. Chief Brown is required to make weekly reports to the Forestry Service, and the money received stems from his timely reporting compliance. The department received $46,000 for the 2004 and 2005 reporting years and the cost for the two new vehicles came in at under $46,000.
Chief Brown noted, “This was a group effort by the fire officers to find the vehicles on Ebay, and we were very happy to come in under the money received from the Forestry Service.” The Brush Truck was a part of the fleet that was taken to Lake Rita Blanca for Thursday night’s bon fire. All of the vehicles owned by the fire department are housed within the department. Chief Brown commented, “It’s full, but they are all inside!”